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Welcome to Germany!

German land has carried thousands of years of compelling history. And it hasn’t stopped. Its beating heart in Berlin flows with remarkable architecture, art, and warm culture. Then there’s the enchanting forests and castles. No matter where you stay, you’ll wake up every day on cloud nine. (That’s 9,  not nein.)

ATM access

5/5 stars – ATMs are very popular throughout Germany, especially  in the cities and the main towns. Just keep international withdrawal fees in mind if you’re withdrawing with a  regular credit card.

Tipping

Best to round up or  tip 5-10%

Phone and Internet access

Most hotels, cafés and stations offer free Wi-Fi

 

Daily cost

Prices are reasonable for travellers. Just keep cash handy for cheap pretzels and bratwursts.

Coffee:  AU$4 (regular cappuccino)
Water:  AU$2.50 (330mL bottle)
Beer:  AU$5.60 (pint in a pub)
Food:  AU$12 (ein schnitzel)
Taxi:  AU$35 (Berlin Tegel Airport to city)
Big Mac:  AU$5.90 (Macca’s are everywhere)

Daily budget

Budget:  Around AU$80/day (2x cheap meals, supermarket   snacks, train ticket and entry to Heidelberg Castle)
Moderate:  Around AU$150/day (2x cheap meals, supermarket   snacks, and entry to Insel Mainau)
Luxury:  Around AU$200/day (2x restaurant meals, supermarket   snacks and a private walking tour of Frankfurt)

Safety rating

4/5 stars - Germany is one of the safest countries in the world. Just be wary of your travel money, as there can be pickpockets in busy places.

Travel Money Trivia

Reichsmark. Get set. Go. 
When Germany was split into East and West, the East used their own currency.
Medieval mark
Older currencies were based on the medieval mark, weighing half a pound.
Cotton cash
Euro notes are pure cotton. So money actually grows on trees!
Late to the party
Lithuania is the most recent euro user, 16 years after Germany.
Paper palette
The different colours on euro notes depict certain periods of European architecture.

Let's talk money

Germany uses the popular euro, so your travel money will stay super simple. It also makes it handy if you’re planning to visit Germany’s eastern neighbours or head down to Austria (they use euros too). Even nearby countries with separate currencies may still accept euros, so feel free to stock up on those colourful notes.

  • €2.50 can score you  a currywurst
  • Locals prefer cash  to cards
  • Train tickets are cheaper online
  • Tip porters €2 per bag
  • Try to round up your  taxi fare
  • Don’t forget street vendor sweets
  • Coins used to be  called pfenigs
  • A 50 pfennig coin (1949) is now worth $16k

 

Must do

Oktoberfest
Get among the best drinking event in the world and gulp down the freshest beer. Prost! (That’s German for cheers.)
Miniatur Wunderland
Ever wonder how Godzilla feels when he visits (tramples) famous landmarks? Find out at this miniatures museum.
Neuschwanstein Castle 
It’s as if a book of fairy tales spilt into Bavaria. Witness the pure magic of this castle and many more.
Black Forest
Step into the Schwarzland (Black Forest) and find scenery that postcards cannot replicate – rolling hills, deep green forest, and little villages.
Berlin Wall
There’s a lot to learn about the world from the Berlin Wall. For a day of introspection, visit the fallen divider.

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Budget: Costs are estimated per person and do not include accommodation.